The legitimate government of Venezuela issued an alert for the disappearance of citizen Juan José Márquez, uncle of the president (E) of the country, in the hands of officials of the National Service of Tax Administration (SENIAT).
Márquez entered Venezuela with Juan Guaidó after returning from his international tour of European countries, Canada, Colombia and the United States in an attempt to align efforts to end the crisis in Venezuela.
U.S. State Department Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Michael Kozak expressed his rejection of the situation involving President Guaidó’s family member.
“The kidnapping of relatives of interim president Juan Guaidó only shows that the dictatorship is weak and desperate,” Kozak said.
The last time Juan José Márquez was seen was Tuesday, February 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at Maiquetía International Airport. Members of the legitimate government, denounced that they presume he is in the hands of Nicolás Maduro’s regime and that his kidnapping is part of a strategy to break the will of President Guaidó and his family.
“We demand the immediate release of Juan José Márquez, safe and sound. Democracy must not be intimidated. This must stop,” the State Department official concluded.